Walk down any major mall and you will most likely see one or more salon specializing in manicures and basic fingernail health products. There is a misconception that fingernail health is best left up to the mall “experts”, yet in reality most common fingernail problems such as split fingernails or cracked fingernails can be easily fixed at home if you know a few simple tips.
Poor fingernail health may be caused by a variety of factors including regular contact with potent household cleansers, excessive use of nail polish remover, sickness, or even genetic causes. The consequence is frail, delicate or brittle fingernails that can lead up to a host of fingernail problems.
Tip #1: “An Ounce of Prevention”
To fortify fingernails naturally, use rubber gloves for household jobs, and keep hands out of very hot water. Rub in cuticle ointment each day. Put on hand lotion after washing your hands and prior to bedtime. Try not to utilize your fingernails for digging out and prying, and keep them filed and snag free. Healthy fingernails are easy with a little “TLC” (tender loving care) and a measure of common sense.
Tip #2: “Beware the Tear”
If you are noticing fingernails splitting, tearing, or cracked fingernails, immediately fix them with a bead of instant-bonding nail glue. Hold the glue away from your eyes. Whenever any glue contacts your skin, get rid of it immediately with nail polish remover. After the glue dries just file the surface area smooth.
Tip #3: “Put the Peelers under Wraps”
For bad fingernail nails that tend to peel off or rip, try out tape wraps that come in fingernail kits. (This is not the same as “nail wrapping” as discussed in the next tip.) Adhere the tapes on the ends of your nails, trim the tapes to size, then wind the edges around the tips and beneath your fingernails. Fasten them with the finishing up liquid in the kit, and then polish your nails.
Tip #4: “Hangnail Surgery 101”
A hangnail is a rip in the cuticle or in the skin by the sides of a fingernail that is induced by dryness, picking, or biting. It is safest to get rid of the hangnail as soon as you detect it, before it gets sore or contaminated. Utilize clean, sharp cuticle scissors and snip it close to its base. Wash your hands, put on antibiotic cream to the surface area, protect it with a little bandage, the leave it alone! Do not chew or tug on a hangnail. If painfulness increases or pus takes form, see a physician. To prevent hangnails, put on rubber gloves when washing dishes, and utilise hand cream frequently. At bedtime, massage in cuticle oil or ointment.
Tip #5: “Bad Ideas”
Liquid hardeners, plastic tips, nail wrapping, and fake nails can stimulate serious allergic reactions and even harm to nails. As a matter of fact many dermatologists even urge against their use. If you choose to attempt such techniques to fortify fingernails, make certain to do a patch test according to the package directions. If inflammation, swelling or itchiness arise, do not use the product! Nail enamel might also stimulate an allergic reaction, but not always in the vicinity of the nail. Reddish, itch blots might come out on the sensitive skin areas, such as the eyelids or sides of the neck and face, touched on by the nails.